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The Road To Devotion

The Road To Devotion

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When Sarah Talton's father suddenly passes away in the summer of 1860, she is left with a teenaged sister to care for, and the family farm and slaves to oversee. Determined to keep their land out of the hands of opportunists, she embraces her father's iron will and hardhearted demeanor. But when she falls in love with a French merchant who speaks no English, and is

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When Sarah Talton's father suddenly passes away in the summer of 1860, she is left with a teenaged sister to care for, and the family farm and slaves to oversee. Determined to keep their land out of the hands of opportunists, she embraces her father's iron will and hardhearted demeanor. But when she falls in love with a French merchant who speaks no English, and is given charge of a runaway slave who brings them both together, Sarah begins to question the values and beliefs instilled by her father and upheld by her Winston, North Carolina community. When the Civil War looms, and community leaders clamor for blood and obedience, Sarah finds herself traveling a road that will lead either to her ruin or to her freedom.

Editorial Reviews

C. Gillispie
I would recommend this book to anyone who has stood up for what they believe in and for those who have suffered the consequences in doing so. Two of the main character, Sarah and Jacquerie have led 2 very different lives but somewhere along the way they find a way to bridge their differences and become friends.
Charles Rodenbough
Cameron has captured perfectly a human interaction that can transcend stereotypes, even deep prejudice, even societally imposed slavery. I consider perhaps the greatest evil of slavery, beyond the basic evil of the slave trade, to be the generations who were denied learning. How many minds were forced into atrophy! It is through the exchange of knowledge that both Sarah and Jacquerie realize a liberating destiny that neither could have had without the other.
Jennifer Wiseman
BRILLIANT!! "The Road to Devotion" is a marvelous, must-read book for people of all ages! Cameron Kent's latest novel is truly top-notch historical fiction. You only have to read a few chapters before it becomes very evident that the man has "done his homework" ~ and NOT just in Civil War history.

Trust me, you definitely will NOT be disappointed on your journey with "The Road to Devotion." Awesome, Cameron!!
B. Jones
Normally, I hate period pieces and historical novels. As Edna Mode of the Incredibles says: "It detracts from the now." But I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed reading this book--I actually devoured it over the span of just a couple of days. _The Road to Devotion_ is a glimpse into the lives of a few (mostly female) characters in the South during the 1860s, amid considerable social and political turmoil. Nicely done, Cameron--I eagerly await the next book.
BA C
Wow, what a great book! The great author know how to take a complex and challenging issue (slavery, bigotry and a closed mind)and simplify it into a great read. Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen, Kent would through a subtle curve ball that kept me flipping the pages. Nothing over the top or outlandish - just good writing. I love how he challenges the notion that even the hardest of hearts can change with understanding and knowledge. Well done Cameron Kent!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982576021
Publisher:
Press 53
Publication date:
11/24/2009
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
804,848
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Cameron Kent is an Emmy Award-winning news anchor at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kent's newest book, The Road To Devotion, is a historical novel set in North Carolina prior to the Civil War. Kent is also the author of two previous books,When the Ravens Die, a suspense thriller, and Make Me Disappear, a children's novel. His film credits include movies shown on NBC, HBO, Lifetime, and at the American Film Institute. Cameron and his family attend Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, and are actively involved in Habitat for Humanity.

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The Road To Devotion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Two decades earlier, her mother died and now in 1860, thirty-four year old spinster Sarah Talton is burying her father, but cannot cry for him as she inherited or perhaps nurtured by him his iron determination to show no emotion. As the North Carolina dirt is paced on the coffin, she knows she must remain resolute for the sake of her twenty years old sister Rebecca who is hysterical but gets comfort from Dickens not Deuteronomy. Near Winston, Sarah now runs the family farm and the slaves who work on it. To succeed as a farmer, Sarah must be even tougher than her hardened late dad as Civil War seems imminent, but still has to sell some acres and slaves. Landowner Braxton Smithwick covets Sarah, but when she meets Monsieur LeGare she finds herself in love though he does not speak anglais. When a bounty hunter dumps a battered runaway slave on Sarah, she takes the person in to heal them. Between these two people, Sarah begins to wonder about the truism of the lessons her father taught her re black skinned ignorant and the white man's burden, which has been accentuated by neighbors she has known all her life who with hostility breaking out demand total obedience to the cause of the Confederacy. This is a super historical that showcases the importance of constantly questioning one's values as new experiences happen. The story line is fast-paced but driven by the powerful characters especially the siblings, their late dad, Braxton, LeGare and significantly Jacquerie the slave. Fans will relish this strong Civil War drama as the thirtyish Sarah learns the Road to Devotion is lined with "hope, grace, love and faith". Harriet Klausner